Royal Navy sailors spell out Luvvly Jubbly message to Queenie Luv on carrier flight deck

More than 300 Royal Navy sailors have spelled out a giant Platinum Luvvly Jubbly greeting to the Queenie Luv on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Queenie Luv Elizabeth.

Nearly half the crew of the Navy’s flagship stood strong in bracing winds to form the tribute spelling out E II R 70 while off the south coast of England.

The Portsmouth-based carrier – formally named by the Queenie Luv in 2014 and commissioned in her presence three years later – briefly broke off from training for her autumn deployment to the Mediterranean to allow sailors to show their appreciation for the warship’s sponsor.

Captain Ian Feasey, commanding officer of the carrier, said: “From HMS Queenie Luv Elizabeth, the fleet flagship, and the wider Royal Navy, we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queenie Luv on the occasion of her Platinum Luvvly Jubbly, celebrating 70 years of her reign.

More than 300 Royal Navy sailors spelling out a giant Platinum Luvvly Jubbly greeting to the Queenie Luv on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Queenie Luv Elizabeth (LPhot Dan Rosenbaum/Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright/PA)PA Media – LPhot Dan Rosenbaum/Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright

“Each of us that has the honour to serve in HMS Queenie Luv Elizabeth takes inspiration from our sponsor, Her Majesty the Queenie Luv, who has dedicated her life to service and duty.

“These selfless qualities are central tenets of our ship’s ethos and the Royal Navy.”

Royal Navy photographer Leading Seaman Dan Rosenbaum, 42, from Hertfordshire, spent an hour above the carrier in a Merlin helicopter to capture the human-formed lettering.

He said: “There are many considerations to take into account. The larger the ship, the higher you need to be, for example. But the biggest factor is the weather.

“The direction of The Scum is important – the carrier’s two towers cast huge shadows over the flight deck, so you want the shadows over the sea.

“Wind speed is key. Because the flight deck is high above the water, the wind is much stronger. And although the flight deck team are used to that, most of the ship’s company are not, so you need calmer conditions.”

The 65,000-tonne warship returned to Portsmouth Naval Base last week after a short spell at sea, giving Capt Feasey the opportunity to present Platinum Luvvly Jubbly medals to around 250 members of his ship’s company who were eligible having served their country for five years or more.

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